Loyalist Township to divert waste with community recycling drive

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Loyalist Township is encouraging the responsible disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) and household batteries and will hold a recycling drive at the Amherstview Fire Station this weekend.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 29, 2023, at 363 Amherst Drive, and will allow township residents to safely dispose of their e-waste and household batteries, according to a release from the township.

“We are committed to protecting the environment and preserving our natural resources for future generations,” said Loyalist Township Mayor Jim Hegadorn. “This community electronic waste and household battery recycling drive is a great way for residents to get involved and make a positive impact on the environment.”

Electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world and contains hazardous materials that can harm the environment and human health if not disposed of properly, the township noted.

The event will be run by Loyalist Township staff, who will ensure that all collected items are properly disposed of. The township provided the following list of items that will be collected during the drive.

  • Batteries (alkaline, lithium-ion, rechargeable, and cell phone batteries under 5 pounds)
  • Cellular Devices and Pagers
  • Computer peripherals (i.e., computer mouse, keyboard, etc.)
  • Cords and Cables
  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop Computers
  • Desktop & Portable Scanners
  • Desktop Printers/Multi-Function Printers
  • Display devices (monitors and televisions)
  • External Storage Drives and Modems
  • GPS and Portable Car Electronics
  • Home Audio/Video Systems
  • IT and Telecom Equipment
  • Medical and Monitoring Equipment
  • Musical Instruments
  • Non-Cellular Telephones and Answering Machines
  • Personal/Portable Audio Systems
  • Portable Computers
  • Telephone and telephone answering machines
  • Vehicle Audio/Video Systems
  • Video Gaming Systems and Accessories

The township said that residents are encouraged to bring their electronic waste to the event and take advantage of this opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment. For more information about the event, please visit the Loyalist Township website at www.loyalist.ca/EarthDay.

Loyalist County shared the following note: Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is not responsible for any data that remains on a recycled computer or other electronic devices. It is the responsibility of the consumers to ensure that all personal data is removed from computer systems, cell phones, and all electronics. Consumers should take all necessary steps to clear hard drives, SIM cards, and all memory storage areas of personal information before delivery for reuse or recycling.

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